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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:00 am

Suspect in shootout with police is arrested

Garrett man in custody after release from hospital

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Garrett man who was shot by two police officers – one of whom used the suspect's gun and was also shot by him – during a traffic stop in April has been arrested after being released Tuesday from a hospital, state police said.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputy Todd McCormick and Garrett police Officer Alicia Castro both shot Joshua D. Mumma on April 10, according to an investigation by Detective Jake Quick of the Indiana State Police. 

At 8:20 p.m. in the 400 block of South Hamsher Street on Garrett's north side, state police said McCormick stopped Mumma, 41, for an equipment violation on his vehicle and asked him to get out, but he refused. 

When McCormick opened the door to help Mumma get out of the vehicle, a fight ensued inside the car. Mumma pulled a .38-caliber handgun and pointed it at McCormick, who then drew his gun, state police said.

Mumma fired multiple shots before the fight continued outside the car and on the ground, state police said.

Investigators believe Mumma pointed his gun at Castro, the Garrett officer, and pulled the trigger, but a round wasn't fired.

The fight for both Mumma and McCormick's handguns continued until Castro shot Mumma with her sidearm and McCormick shot Mumma with Mumma's .38-caliber handgun, police said.

McCormick's hands were severely injured in the shooting, and Mumma was hospitalized for wounds he suffered. Castro was not injured, police said.

The investigation uncovered more than 30 grams of methamphetamine inside Mumma's vehicle, police said.

Mumma was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday on two counts of attempted murder with a firearm enhancement, and charges of dealing methamphetamine, disarming a law enforcement officer and being a habitual offender.

Police said Mumma will be transferred to the Allen County Jail and will be held without bail.

DeKalb County Prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner said both McCormick and Castro acted to defend themselves and neither would be criminally charged.

Both officers have since returned to work, with McCormick in more of a limited capacity as he continues to recover from his wounds, police said.

jchapman@jg.net